After news emerged of Kayleigh McEnany’s recent appointment as President Donald Trump’s new press secretary, the former Trump 2020 campaign spokeswoman has come under scrutiny for her history of spreading misinformation about the novel coronavirus; lying about Barack Obama; and disseminating racist content, among other troubling remarks.
McEnany — who, as CNN first reported on Tuesday, will replace Stephanie Grisham as the White House press secretary — has repeatedly been fact-checked in recent months for comments about the virus that causes COVID-19.
In late February, as Trump continued to downplay the potential threat of the virus, McEnany — who last year claimed the president “doesn’t lie” — appeared on Trish Regan’s since-canceled Fox Business show to echo her boss’ sentiment.
“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here,” McEnany claimed at the time, adding: “Isn’t it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama?”
On the same day Larry Kudlow said coronavirus was “contained” on Feb. 25th, Trump’s campaign spox made an even more bold claim.— andrew kaczynski (@KFILE) April 4, 2020
“We will not see diseases like the coronavirus come here..and isn't it refreshing when contrasting it with the awful presidency of President Obama." pic.twitter.com/O0DDH3Rvkw
McEnany later defended her remarks, insisting she was only referring to the travel restrictions that Trump had enacted.
Two weeks later, McEnany appeared on Fox Business again to assert the Trump campaign would be continuing with its rallies despite advice from Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation’s top infectious disease expert, to stop holding large events.
“The president is the best authority on this issue,” McEnany claimed.
Here's Trump's new press secretary on March 11 saying that the campaign was still planning to hold rallies, even as she is repeatedly told that other campaigns are not and Fauci in effect...